The root of all EMC activities within Siemens AG, Siemens Matsushita Components GmbH and finally Albatross Projects GmbH was the sales office for Interference Suppression Capacitors built-up during 1929 in Siemens & Halske AG, Berlin; in 1930 the first Faraday cage was made by means of a wooden structure and copper foil for a medical application. For decades, and in conjunction with substantial research & development work, the know-how on Interference Suppression measures was mainly used internally to provide solutions to other subsidiaries of the Siemens Group.
In 1947 a major boost towards what today is called an ‘EMC Test Site’ was given by the German “Hochfrequenzgesetz” (high frequency law); this stated the necessity to keep the interferences generated by the civil and industrial environment to specific limits and frequencies in order not to endanger the ‘free over the air’ communication.
After 1970, the business activity became part of the Components Division, one among the five divisions forming Siemens AG; in 1989 this became a business field for a joint venture between Siemens and Matsushita known as Siemens Matsushita Components GmbH. Reflecting the technical evolution and the harmonization of the national rules and Standards in the European EMC Directive 89/336/EWG, the term ‘EMC’ was introduced and the activity renamed as “EMC Systems”.
During 1999, a management-buy-out of the Siemens Matsushita EMC Systems activities occurred and the company Albatross Projects GmbH (APG) was founded in Nattheim, Germany. The two main suppliers for the key-technologies, shielding and RF absorbers, became shareholders of the new company with all the key-personnel from the former Siemens EMC Systems joining the new venture. These factors enabled the presence of Albatross Projects GmbH in the marketplace to be a “new baby but born with enormous expertise and experience”.